I love Valentine’s Day. I love hearts and flowers and chocolates and secret admirers and the color pink. I know Valentine’s Day is generally regarded as a holiday celebrating couples, but I’ve always embraced it as a day to celebrate all the loving relationships in my life. Flying solo on Valentine’s Day used to be a single woman’s nightmare – like being dateless for the prom – but now February 14th is the perfect excuse for a luxurious girls’ night out.
But what happens at the end of the evening? Well, whatever your relationship status, as a romance reader you never have to worry about going to bed alone! Using some hero archetypes, here are my picks for your Valentine’s Day book-date – pick one depending on your mood or, if you’re feeling adventurous, cuddle up with them all for a romance read-a-thon…
There’s something about a man with a big … brain … that always makes my heart beat faster. Just think about those early scenes in Indiana Jones when Harrison Ford is in his tweed suit lecturing about ancient civilizations… whew! Sign me up for study hall!
The Best Friend:
I love stories where the heroine realizes that her perfect hero is the boy next door, the man with a heart of gold who waited patiently as she made her way through all the Mr. Wrongs. This probably explains my deep and abiding love for all those ’80s teen movies…
You never notice when the charmer is working his magic, but time flies when you’re by his side, and everything seems somehow special. Of course, he’ll claim you are the special magic, but what’s so wrong with that? A little flattery never hurt anybody.
The Bad Boy:
I can’t resist a rebel, with or without a cause, and I’m a goner if that bad boy is actually one of the secret good guys working in Special Ops! A man who can drive fast and shoot straight makes me think he’s probably got some other hidden talents, if you know what I mean…
The Man’s Man:
We all complain now and then about how we wish men could be a bit more civilized, and yet there’s something undeniably sexy about a guy who refuses to be tamed. Watching a no-wife-no-babies-no-way alpha loner fall head over heels is one of my very favorite romance tropes.
I’d also like to recommend my debut historical romance, Promise Me Tonight, for your Valentine’s Day reading pleasure. You can find out more about the book and read an excerpt at my website: www.saralindsey.net.
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